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Message from Mayor Kleem

The Fourth of July holiday is one of the highlights of summer. It means cookouts with family and friends, swimming in backyard pools or visits to the Berea Municipal Pool, pickup baseball games and relaxing walks in the park.

The Fourth of July also marks Berea’s signature family event – The Grindstone Festival, which this year runs July 2-3-4 on the shores of Coe Lake. The festival is free, parking is free and all events are free (except for the Zip Line over Coe Lake). Families can play putt-putt golf, clamber over police, fire and service department vehicles, watch a movie outdoors and listen to some great music. And, of course, there’s the annual Grindstone Parade on July 3 and a tremendous fireworks display on July 4.

Let’s also remember that while the Grindstone Festival celebrates our community of Berea, it also commemorates the Birth of our Nation. America was formed by a community of men and women seeking equality and independence. Now is a good time to set aside our current differences and remember that “unity” is the basis for “community.”

Please join me and my family for a joyous and safe Grindstone Festival and Fourth of July!




In the Spotlight



Republic Services will pick up yard waste at curbside in Berea beginning on April 21 and continuing through Dec. 1.

Grass clippings, leaves and other yard waste should be placed in brown paper yard waste bags, which are available at discount, drug and hardware stores. Yard waste also can be placed in specially marked garbage cans. The bags and cans should not weigh more than 40 pounds when fully loaded. The yard waste will be recycled.

Yard waste in plastic bags should be placed in the blue trash container. Yard debris in plastic bags will not be recycled but will be placed in a landfill.


Leaves should not be raked to the curb.

Cut small branches to no more than 4 feet in length and bundle them with string. Place them at curbside alongside the yard waste bags and cans. Do not place yard waste in the green recycling containers.

Questions, call Republic Services at 800-433-1309.


  • Ready Notify
  • The City of Berea is implementing a new Emergency Notification System called
          ReadyNotify -ReadyNotify.pdf

  • Berea Community Outreach

    Berea Community Outreach is in need of donations of Spaghetti Sauce, Peanut Butter, Hamburger Helper, Pasta & Sauce, Chicken Rice, Mac & Cheese, Cans of Soup and other non-perishable food items. Call 440-826-4891 for drop off locations.


  • Berea Animal Rescue

    The Berea Animal Rescue is in need of foster homes for kittens and cats and occasionally dogs and puppies. Volunteers needed, contact Jane at 216-443-1670 for more information. Training, supplies and cages provided.

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